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This event will be held at the White House Historical Association. Arrive at the entrance at 748 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, D.C. for the symposium on May 4, 2017.

May 4 Program

8:30am - 9:15am

  • Registration and light French breakfast in Decatur House

9:15am - 9:30am

  • Break and transition to Carriage House

9:30am - 9:45am

  • Welcome
    • The Honorable Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman of the Board, WHHA
    • H.E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France
    • Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at WHHA

9:45am - 10:30am

  • 200 years of France in the White House: A Historic Panorama; Dr. Edward Lengel, White House Historical Association Chief Historian

10:30am - 11:15am

  • French Decorative Arts in the White House from 1800 to the Present; Dr. Barthélémy Jobert, Président, Paris-Sorbonne

11:15am - 11:45am

  • Decorative Arts in the White House; William Allman, Curator, The White House

11:45am - 12:00pm

  • Break and transition to Courtyard

12:00pm - 1:45pm

  • Luncheon inspired by menus from White House State Dinners with French leaders and French wines associated with early U.S. presidents
    • Featuring: a) welcome by Stewart McLaurin, President, WHHA; b) introduction by Embassy of France DCM Nathalie Broadhurst; c) brief remarks about the dessert by former White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier d) The home of James Monroe in Paris - Dr. William Seale
    • Musical interlude: French or French-inspired pieces performed at the White House during its 217-year history: Opera Lafayette

1:45pm - 2:00pm

  • Break and transition to Carriage House

2:00pm - 3:45pm

  • Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Matthew Costello (WHHA) followed by Q&A.
    • U.S.-France/White House Cultural Encounters; Dr. Laura Auricchio, Professor of Art History, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York
    • U.S.-France/White House Intellectual Exchanges: Dr. François Furstenberg: Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Outstanding Examples of French Decorative Arts in the White House and their Impact on its Inhabitants: Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Curator, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.

3:45pm - 4:30pm

  • Reception in Decatur House Courtyard featuring French or French-inspired music performed at the White House in historic times
    • Music: Opera Lafayette
    • Reception fare to include cognac with historic White House antecedents